Mawangdui: The Tomb of China's Sleeping Beauty 7 September, 2019 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Welcome to First Saturday PDX’s 2019-2020 season! Join us for our first program of the season – an exploration of the discovery and unearthing of Lady Dai’s tomb and the numerous accompanying artifacts. Discovered in 1971 and fully excavated by 1972, the tomb had been carefully sealed and covered. Four layers of caskets held the body that was so well preserved it exceeded any other archaeological find at the time. Objects surrounding the body were wrapped and stored so well that jars still contained remnants of food, and figurines were still enrobed with silk clothes. Maihwa Frances Liwill share the excavation process, and the numerous discoveries within the tomb and their significance to both the archaeological field and Chinese history.
About the speaker: An artist and an educator, Frances Li was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to Taiwan at the age of two. She was educated in Taiwan and came to the U.S. to study for an advanced degree.
In Taiwan, Frances studied painting with traditional masters specializing in different subjects such s bamboo, plum blossoms, and landscape. Flower painting became her specialty. Frances also learned Chinese calligraphy and Ikebana. Frances has become an accomplished artist who teaches and demonstrates painting, calligraphy, Ikebana, and Origami. She has also taught Chinese cooking.
While in upstate New York from 1972-1993, Frances served as Principal of the Endwell Triple Cities Chinese School. Frances taught in many forums—Broome Community College, The Roberson Center for Art and Sciences, and the Imagination Celebration for the Alliance for Art Education. She was an education artist for the Arts in Education Program and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Frances exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and at the New York State Exhibition at New York State Museum, Albany, NY. Her work was represented by The Artists' Guild Gallery in Binghamton, NY.
In 1993, Frances moved to Austin, TX. She was a docent for the University of Texas’ Huntington Art Gallery and at the National Wildflower Center. She taught Chinese Art at the Austin Chinese School and to private students. Frances participated in the Ikebana Study Group and The Watercolor Society.
Portland became a new home for Frances in 1996. She participated in numerous shows and exhibits including the Lake Oswego Festival of Arts, the Geijutsu Sai Art Festival, Creative Spirit Art Show, and the Gresham City Art Show. Frances is a guide and volunteer at The Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, and a docent at the Portland Art Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden. She continued her teaching at The Village Gallery and with the Portland Parks and Recreation. She is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Oregon Watercolor Society.
Our educational program series has been developed in collaboration with PSU’s Institute for Asian Studies, and is free and open to the public. First Saturday PDX current full season schedule and descriptions available HERE.